What is Cloud Hosting?

What Is Cloud Hosting?

There is a bit of a buzz surrounding Cloud Hosting Plans these days and if you are researching various hosting options, you will certainly run across this term. More and more web hosts are offering it as a solution. As it is an increasingly popular hosting service, your choices in web hosts and cloud services can be a bit intimidating.

As this solution continuously gains in popularity, the customers will benefit from having more choices in companies to utilize as well as reduced prices as market competition increases.

What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud web hosting is website hosting that uses the resources of several clustered servers. Basically, this means that your website uses the virtual resources of several servers to accommodate all the aspects of hosting your site. The load is balanced, security is taken care of and hardware resources are available virtually so they can be used when needed. The cluster of servers is the cloud.

Our hosting plans are actually crafted as a hybrid solution, offering the best of both the Shared Hosting (Doubleyoutoo.com.au) and Cloud Hosting (Doubleyoutoo.com.au) environments on all of our plans. CloudLinux OS is an industry leading operating system designed to outfit a shared hosting environment with the power and flexibility of the Cloud.

CloudLinux is used on all 2u2 Web Hosting servers to ensure better performance, stability, and security than standard Shared Hosting services. You also get the resource flexibility of the cloud so that you can upgrade or downgrade your service instantly at any time and have much higher resource ceilings compared to standard shared hosting.

Can you benefit from Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting is often a solution for web sites that have outgrown the resources of their existing shared hosting provider. If a web site is extremely popular and causes a strain on the resources supplied by a shared server, you may need to find another solution. Often this solution is dedicated hosting where your site resides on its own server. The problem with dedicated hosting, though, is that it is both significantly more expensive and requires a certain level of IT technical know-how. With cloud hosting, you can have many of the advantages to dedicated hosting without most of the challenges.

Scalability and Resources of Cloud Hosting

One of the primary advantages to cloud web hosting is its scalability. Visualize a group of clouds. Your website is being run in these clouds but it suddenly gets busy. You can gather more clouds around your site to help support it so your users see no degradation of services. However, if you no longer need the additional clouds you can let them float away. Sites that have spikes in resource use can benefit from this option.

When you need additional resources you do not have time to wait for customer service to assist you by increasing your bandwidth allotment if needed. If you really have a spike in resources, then you risk having your site suspended for causing degradation in services to other sites on your shared server. You may experience down time or slowness on your site caused by the increased traffic. But with cloud web hosting you can increase your available resources immediately, when you need it. This can save you a lot of stress and may even save some customers because the process is seamless. Customers or users on your site will not see any change.

Savings – Offering virtual power instead of Dedicated hardware

Scalability, immediacy and savings allow you to efficiently run your website. You can grow and shrink the available resources per your needs. You can get what you need when you need it and avoid the costs of dedicated hosting. This allows you to concentrate on what you know best – running your website. You won’t have to worry about your hosting solution.

It used to be that when you outgrew your shared hosting environment that your only other option was to move to dedicated hosting. However, this costs a lot of money. For a web site that does not need all the resources available on a dedicated server or does not need them all the time, the money spent would be wasted on unused services. However, with cloud hosting you have a flexible and capable solution. You can get more computing power without having to immediately turn to dedicated hosting.